Business Succession, Estate Planning, Legacy, Probate, Wealth, Will Contests, Wills

You Messed Up When You Signed Your Will… Now What?

So, let’s say you fumbled to proverbial ball when you signed your will.

Maybe you only got one witness. Maybe a witness was not the right age. Maybe you didn’t have the right boilerplate language.

You pass away, and your executor takes your will before a judge to do what you say you want to have happen in the will.

But the judge says no. This will is not valid.

Your attorney is going to have a brief argument with that judge, but, at the end of the day, your will is a lost cause.

Well, then you’re going to have no option but to do what the laws of Texas say.

Texas laws state that wills supersede all of Texas’s laws. If you have a valid will, a will is going to be applied first before the default laws of Texas.

But if you have no valid will, the default laws of Texas will apply in your wills stead.

This means that the default laws could split up your property in a different manner than what you wanted.

The nick-nack going to little Johnny? Sorry. It’s going to your sibling now.

The car specifically meant for your daughter? It’s actually going to your spouse. Who might get remarried here soon to someone else.

The house might get sold when you wanted the family to keep it.

And so many other situations might happen.

My recommendation? Measure twice, cut once.

Make sure you execute your will correctly the first time, otherwise the laws of Texas will rigidly tell your loved ones who gets your property.

Oh, and the cherry on top, you’re most likely going to go through a more difficult probate if you don’t have a valid will. So that’s more money, time, and effort just to not have your dying wishes happen.

A nightmare scenario to say the least.